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From the Publisher: Looking Forward to a Fine 2013!

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

As you take a look through this Year in Review, you’ll see many folks being honored and many businesses that are celebrating milestones and expansions. You’ll also take note of people and institutions that have “given back” to our communities: they enjoy serving us, and we’re proud of their accomplishments. They extend themselves well beyond the products or services they offer.

The Resident itself entered its 23rd year of publication this past October.  We enjoy sharing your good news! We especially take special pride in saluting the achievements of our military!

Certainly the majesty and drama of OpSail and the celebratory glamor of the centennial of Lawrence+Memorial Hospital touched many of us; and our two grand casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, remain generous in their gracious hosting for a myriad of community gatherings, from the fun and fanciful to the august and commemorative. The two Tribes, around since the beginning—indeed, before the beginning–are welcome parts of our lives and our economy. Likewise, other major hospitality centers like the Mystic Marriott, Stonington Meadows, the Norwich Inn, Groton Inn and Suites, Norwich Holiday Inn, and Lake of Isles offer venues for events of regional significance and, yes, a chance to dress your best, flash a bit of your sweetest bling, and step out with others who care about you and our region.

Our regional financial institutions provide foundations for our homes and employment, so it’s a continuing pleasure to see them—and their people—prosper. The outreach of these companies—among them Dime Bank, Charter Oak, CorePlus, Putnam Bank, Citizens Bank, Liberty, Eastern Federal, Chelsea Groton, Scient, People’s, Wells Fargo—keep us on a solid footing even as they express faith in our future. Our service Clubs—Lions, Rotary, and the Chambers of Commerce—link civic pride to business throughout the year.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Dear Neighbor: Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Conn. Makes Our Region Stronger

Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island…

 

Sheri Cote, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

Sheri Cote, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

For quite some time the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has worked collaboratively with other organizations for the betterment of the region. A good example of this collaboration is the recently formed partnership with the Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut to produce ‘Eastern Connecticut’s Premiere Home Show’ in April of 2013.

This show will take place April 20 and 21 at the Mystic Marriott and will showcase over 150 businesses in the building and remodeling industry. It will be the region’s only locally organized home show.

Even though the show is a few months away, booth reservations are preceding at a rapid pace, led by the show’s title sponsor, Overhead Door Company of Norwich who will have a prominent presence there.

The Chamber and the BAEC are taking the reservations from businesses that recognize the value of getting their products and services in front of the thousands of visitors we expect at the Marriott. Several companies have reserved multiple booths because they recognize the value of getting out in front of the public.

Earlier this year, the Chamber partnered with General Dynamics Electric Boat and Dunkin’ Donuts to honor our men and women in uniform at our third annual Military Appreciation Breakfast at the Mystic Marriott. We have organized this tribute to the men and women who serve our nation in uniform out of a profound sense of gratitude for their service to our nation. With that same sense of respect and gratitude, in November we presented the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award to Ulysses B. Hammond, the vice president for administration at Connecticut College.

We are proud of our robust membership; working together across the region is in everyone’s best interests and we at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut keep that in mind every day.
Sheri Cote
Vice President
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut

Student Leaders Honored at Breakfast

(l-r) Simone Barner, Priya Ranade, Kathryn McCarthy, Christopher Campbell, Britta Helen Kunkmoeller, Jennifer Rogers, Tianchi Xu, Jaya Batra, Michael Reisfeld, Eileen Semancik, Hannah Boettcher, Connor Toole, Kalen Larsen, Emma Lochiatto, and Norman Harrison III, are high school juniors and seniors that proved their commitment to excellence in school as well as in our community. Betsy Perkins, Perkins & Murphy College Admissions Consultancy, Frank Winkler, Groton Utilities, and Daemeon Banks, People’s United Bank, are sponsors of the Annual Education Breakfast.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, and Waterford councils, in conjunction with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, held their Annual Education Breakfast on Friday, May 30, at the Groton Inn and Suites. Valedictorians from Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School, Ledyard High School, Stonington High School, North Stonington High School, Robert E. Fitch High School, The Williams School, East Lyme High School, New London High School, and Waterford High School spoke on the importance of community interaction with education institutions. Juniors from each school, who have shown outstanding community leadership skills, were also honored.